May 15, 2004

$20,000 In Beer Money

In an academic world spending millions to fund arcane, impractical research, it's good to know that some students are engaged in research projects that have the potential to do some good for mankind, and improve the human condition. In this case, something they can put to use even before they graduate:

Adam Hunnell, a first-year student in Case's Physics Entrepreneurship Program has conceived the Keg Wrap, a portable method for keeping beer kegs cold indefinitely.

He has received a $20,000 grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) to build a prototype.

Hunnell's idea is to design a wrap, made of nylon or a similar material, using thermoelectrics. The wrap will be cold enough to keep a keg at between 32 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be powered by a conventional electrical outlet or an automobile's cigarette lighter...

..."It's always easier to move forward with an idea with $20,000," he says.

My son Andy, (center in photo), a Case alum himself, sent me the press release link. To think, the Class of '01 had to use ice for four long years.

Posted by dan at May 15, 2004 1:06 AM